New publications: Understanding changes in farming systems to propose adapted solutions
Researchers identify national policies, climate and soil fertility changes, population increase, and urban expansion as the major drivers of farming systems change in the Hawassa area of Ethiopia.
Do smallholders get the right seed and inputs from their agrodealer?
A new agrodealer survey explores smallholder’s access to improved maize seed and fertilizer in Tanzania and Uganda.
Preventing post-harvest losses key to food security
Source: Zambia Daily Mail (26 Nov 2019)
Poor post harvest management is one of the key constraints to improving food and nutritional security in Africa.
Zimbabwe: Farmer Combats ‘Hidden Hunger’. . . Grows Biofortified Crops
Source: All Africa (26 Nov 2019)
CIMMYT and Harvest Plus have been breeding biofortified crop varieties of vitamin A orange maize since 2015.
Investing in drought-tolerant maize is good for Africa
Recent impact studies in Uganda and Zambia show that farmers adopting drought-tolerant maize increased their yields significantly and reduced risks of crop failure.
New mobile technology to help farmers improve yields and stabilize incomes
The COMPASS smartphone phone app uses data from farmers and from satellites to provide precise crop management advice.
How a disease without borders was contained
Experts reflect on the successful efforts to limit the spread of maize lethal necrosis across eastern and southern Africa.
A step towards food security: German and Mexican researchers working jointly on the wheat of tomorrow
Source: Kooperation International (25 Nov 2019)
CIMMYT and the Julius Kühn Institute signed a Declaration of Intent to intensify joint research on disease-resistant and stress-tolerant wheat.
Breaking Ground: Pieter Rutsaert looks to better marketing for faster adoption of climate-smart maize in Africa
Markets and value chains expert studies seed demand and distribution, with the aim to help agro-dealers and seed businesses better market improved seed.
A major step toward seed self-sufficiency
Nepal boosts domestic maize hybrid seed production.
Stress-resilient maize, a big relief for Indian farmers
Smallholders in India’s Karnataka state get higher yields from drought- and heat-tolerant maize.
First steps taken to unify breeding software
Experts work together at hackathon to develop Enterprise Breeding System that can serve CGIAR organizations and national agricultural research programs.